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Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Myelopathy (Overview)

The disorder of the bone marrow or its constituents.


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What are the common symptoms of myelopathy?

What are the common symptoms of myelopathy?

Cervical or lumber: Cervical myelopathy may note one or more of the following heavy feeling in the legs
inability to walk at a brisk pace
deterioration in fine motor skills (such as handwriting or buttoning a shirt)
ntermittent shooting pains into the arms and legs (like an lermitte’s phenomenon)
arm pain. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Bolesta
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Myelopathy (Overview)

The disorder of the bone marrow or its constituents.


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Help please! Is dizziness and vertigo a symptom of cervical myelopathy?

Help please! Is dizziness and vertigo a symptom of cervical myelopathy?

Myelopathy: No. Ataxia, or a staggering walk akin to being drunk without alcohol is typical. Coordination problems--trouble writing, buttoning buttons, discerning coins in your pocket. Spastic reflexes or muscle twitches. Weakness in hands, numbness like stockings and gloves. These symptoms may progress to loss of walking very gradually, almost unnoticed until too late. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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How do you diagnose degenerative myelopathy?

How do you diagnose degenerative myelopathy?

Imaging and exam: 1st step is the physical exam will show signs like weakness and stiffness. Urinary problems too. Imaging like a ct or MRI wil confirm. ...Read more

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What are the tests for myelopathy?

What are the tests for myelopathy?

History, exam, MRI: In many cases, your history will show the symptoms of myelopathy (e.g., hand clumsiness, numbness, weakness). A careful exam may show signs of spinal cord problems. In most folks MRI will be the test to confirm the diagnosis (if you cannot have an mri, a ct with dye in the spinal fluid can give similar information to mri). ...Read more

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Managing Spinal Stenosis (Checklist)

Use NSAIDs for relief
Daily
Get an x-ray or MRI if you are not better in 6 weeks
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See a spine specialist if you are not better in 6 weeks
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I know cervical myelopathy has consequences. What are they?

Paralysis: If left untreated a cervical myelopathy will get progressively worse and lead to increasing difficulty using your hand, arms and increasing difficulty walking. You should see a neurosurgeon for a discussion regarding treatment options. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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What do peripheral nerve, polyradiculopathy or myelopathy mean?

What do peripheral nerve, polyradiculopathy or myelopathy mean?

See below: Peripheral nerves are outside the spine, going to muscles, skin, other tissues in the trunk, arms and legs.

Polyradiculopathy is irritation of two or more spinal nerves.

Myelopathy is malfunction of the spinal cord. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose and treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy?

How do you diagnose and treat cervical spondylotic myelopathy?

Spinal cord pinching: Myelopathy means abnormality of spinal cord, and cervical spondylosis implies progressive deterioration of the neck vertebrae. Therefore, body changes eventually compress the cord in the neck. Mri films can demonstrate the compression. Treatment may require surgical decompression. ...Read more

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Could fibromyalgia be cured or alleviated by treatment for spinal myelopathy?

Fibromyalgia: No, spinal myelopathy is a separate disorder. Sometimes, people are labeled fibromyalgia mistakenly, and therefore, improve when the real problem is discovered. ...Read more

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I am suffering from Non Compressive Myelopathy what is treatment for this please I suffering this from 15 month and this disease progress day to day?

I am suffering from Non Compressive Myelopathy what is treatment for this please I suffering this from 15 month and this disease progress day to day?

Do you know cause?: MS / Infection / vascular / neoplastic / inflammatory / nutritional (B12)?
Spinal fluid results?
Symptomatic treatment depends on symptoms (spasticity, bladder problems pain etc. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
Once
Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
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What causes most cervical myelopathy?

Neck arthritis: Myelopathy from spinal cord pressure is usually from disk bulges or herniations, bone spurs, ligament thickening from the degeneration ("aging") process ("arthritis" or spondylosis). People born with small canals and tendency for degeneration are more likely to get it than people born with large canals (the channel for the spinal cord). ...Read more

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F/u question, I'm a competative equestrian rider & Skier, with severe cervical stenosis& myelopathy. How much risk am I putting myself in to continue?

F/u question, I'm a competative equestrian rider & Skier, with severe cervical stenosis& myelopathy. How much risk am I putting myself in to continue?

X-games: Good Lord, Roger! Horse riding and skiing, why not do some sky diving along with that. Okay, no joke, you've chosen some really risky sports already and you have bone disease on top of that. I can't give you a number or percentage of your risk but I can truthfully tell you that you're not doing anything to help yourself. Try a low impact sport like swimming or biking. Good luck :) ...Read more

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What has been the experience with a cervical myelopathy surgery for the spine.?

It is indicated: When diagnosed secondary to cord compression, it will get worse without surgery but this progression varies from patient to patient. Surgery is indicated to prevent progression but it is unpredictable as to extent of recovery but the earlier it is diagnosed with the least objective findings and symptoms, the better the prognosis. Cord changes on imaging also tend to suggest a worse prognosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for myelopathy?

History, exam, MRI: In many cases, your history will show the symptoms of myelopathy (e.g., hand clumsiness, numbness, weakness). A careful exam may show signs of spinal cord problems. In most folks MRI will be the test to confirm the diagnosis (if you cannot have an mri, a ct with dye in the spinal fluid can give similar information to mri). ...Read more

Dr. Larry Armstrong
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Spinal Cord Disease (Definition)

Spinal cord disease is a condition where the nerves of the spinal cord are injured or infected. This affects their function and causes ...Read more